Australian News and Analysis

March 8: International Women’s Day

March 8: International Women’s Day

March 4, 2015 at 8:06 am

For over 100 years, International Women’s Day (March 8th) has been a day to recognise and celebrate the struggle for women’s rights and equality. By Aishwarya Ramji, Socialist Party Under capitalism women are treated as second-class citizens. Women still make up the bulk of low paid, casualised and insecure workers. […]

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Defend your rights at work, but put no faith in Labor!

Defend your rights at work, but put no faith in Labor!

March 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

The Abbott government has ordered a far reaching Productivity Commission inquiry into the nation’s workplace relations system. The inquiry is specifically looking at the possibility of lowering or abolishing the minimum wage, scrapping penalty rates and changes to unfair dismissal and strike laws. By Anthony Main, Socialist Party This inquiry […]

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Budget measures: ‘Intergenerational’ or ‘interclass’ theft?

Budget measures: ‘Intergenerational’ or ‘interclass’ theft?

March 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Editorial comment from the March 2015 edition of The Socialist Last month saw an escalation of the political crisis in Australia with Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott facing a motion in his own party room to declare all leadership positions open for contest. Despite no other MP putting their name […]

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WA: Liberals threatening to close 150 communities

WA: Liberals threatening to close 150 communities

February 27, 2015 at 9:22 am

Late last year the Barnett Liberal government in Western Australia said that up to 150 out of 274 remote Aboriginal communities might need to be shut down and the residents re-located. Barnett claims that they can no longer afford to keep them open since the federal government handed over responsibility […]

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AFL: Essendon FC scandal drags on

AFL: Essendon FC scandal drags on

February 26, 2015 at 8:21 am

In January, the AFL’s anti-doping tribunal resumed at Melbourne’s County Court. The tribunal, triggered by an initial investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) in 2013, will determine if the Essendon Football Club’s 2011-12 supplements program breached the league’s doping code. By Conor Flynn, Socialist Party If found guilty, […]

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Fight for Newcastle rail continues

Fight for Newcastle rail continues

February 25, 2015 at 8:52 am

The NSW government has pressed ahead with its $460 million plan to allegedly ‘revitalise’ Newcastle’s CBD. They have stopped trains travelling into the city with the final train pulling out of Newcastle station on Christmas night. By Robyn Hohl, Socialist Party Newcastle The highly unpopular move was carried out less […]

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Behind the government’s cruel refugee policies

Behind the government’s cruel refugee policies

February 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

In a tragic start to 2014, up to 700 imprisoned asylum seekers on Manus Island went on a hunger strike. The refugees were desperately protesting against the decision to resettle some of them in Papua New Guinea, a place that lacks safety and basic life necessities for new arrivals. By […]

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Craig Thomson found guilty

Craig Thomson found guilty

February 17, 2015 at 8:58 am

Late last year the former Health Services Union leader, and Labor Party MP, Craig Thomson was found guilty of misusing union member’s funds. It was found that between 2002 and 2007 he spent over $5000 on sex workers and wine. He was fined $25,000 but spared jailed time. By Meredith […]

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Uni fee deregulation fight not over

Uni fee deregulation fight not over

February 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

On December 2 last year the Abbott government’s plan to deregulate higher education fees was defeated 33 to 31 in the Senate. This was a significant blow built on the back of huge public outcry and protest. But sticking with the Abbott government’s contempt for the community, Education Minister Christopher […]

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Labor wins Victorian election

Labor wins Victorian election

February 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

The result of last November’s Victorian state election was the latest example of the rising volatility that exists on Australia’s political landscape. For the first time in over half a century a sitting government was defeated after just one term. By Stephen Jolly, Socialist Party The Labor Party regained power […]

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